The Ever So Sweet Katsura Tree
Thank You, Asia
Spring is in the air and the thought of walking through the parks and enjoying the beauty of nature is almost too much to bear. As you go along your walk, do you look at the trees? Do you notice the many kinds that fill your city parks? What you don’t realize is that there are hundreds of different kinds of ornamental trees that grace our parks. One of them is the Katsura Tree.
The ornamental Katsura Tree is a native of Japan and China. Research has shown that it might originally have come from the low mountain areas of China where it splashed its beauty on the landscape. When discovered in nature, it has been found as high as 100 feet or more in height. Cultivated elsewhere produces trees that get as high as 45 feet.
If are looking for a tree to grace your lawn, check into the Katsura. It grows relatively fast as long as it is exposed to sun and its roots remain moist. In the spring you will see the red flowers before the leaves appear. The leaves are heart shaped and are very similar to that of the redbud. Found in nature in Asia the leaves are huge and are easily the largest ones around.
Ever So Sweet
In the fall, the leaves create an effect that is highly unusual for trees. As the leaves begin to turn brown for the autumn season, they release an aroma that many say is like that of cotton candy, caramel, or brown sugar. Autumn around these trees might not be good for the waist line.
The wood of the Katsura is soft and very light. Some describe it as a white wood. Because of the lack of strength, it is not used in the framework of houses. Instead it is used to build cabinets and to create some of the most beautiful paneling.
Sit Back and Enjoy
As with most of nature, there is a legend attached to it. According to Asian tradition, the Katsura tree has a lot of influence on Mother Nature. As the Katsura leaves turn brown and release their tantalizing aroma, the moon in turn reflects it and gives us our autumn moon.
If you get the chance, look at your local nursery for a Katsura tree. You won’t regret adding it to your landscape. And in the autumn you can watch as the sweet leaves give you the autumn moon.